International Student Conference 2021

“Food Loss and Food Waste”

Background of the Conference[1]

The world is currently facing a more complex global challenge. An issue can not be solved without overcoming another issue. Moreover, we are living in a dynamic era where new challenges occur in a short period. For an instance, the rapid development of technology has contributed to climate change. The occurring environmental problems can not be neglected as they give a direct impact on society and have created more complexities to the existing social issues.

The need to understand the occurring challenges that affect society has urged the government to develop an innovative solution. In facing this complex issue, an interdisciplinary and collective response is needed as a transformative approach to address the existing social challenges. Collaboration within the response is also important to generate a sustainable innovation to face social challenges.

Other than that, food waste is currently one of the main global challenges. Food and Agriculture Organization (2020) defines food waste as a reduction in the quantity or quality of food due to the decisions and actions taken by food producers, sellers, and consumers. On the other hand, the European Union (2020) delivers that food waste is a biodegradable waste coming from the household kitchen, restaurant, catering, and retail industries. In short, food waste is cooked food that is discarded for some unknown reason. Usually, food waste occurs in the retail industries and household kitchens as a result of consumers’ habits and behavior of not finishing their food.
Aside from food waste, there is also food loss. Food loss occurs during the production process along the food supply chain that includes the pre-harvest stage, harvest stage, post-harvest stage, and distribution stage. Food items such as vegetables, fruits, or other types of raw food are wasted as they can not be processed into food. This is due to the low quality of the harvest as well as storage, treatment, and packaging problems. Hence, the raw food is not adequately decent to be processed and subsequently, they are discarded by the producers.

The high number of food waste generated by each individual, each day, has made food waste management to be a crucial action that needs to be done. The United Nations reported that around 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally, while at the same time, 2 billion people are suffering from hunger or malnutrition. Furthermore, another research suggests that if a quarter of the food waste and loss are saved, around 870 million people are able to eat.

Another research found that food waste and loss have indirectly affected the environment, such as erosion, deforestation, water, and air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions that occur during the production process, storing and transporting of food, as well as the waste management (Mourad, 2016). In addition, it is shown that around 96% of food waste and loss ended up in waste disposal. When food waste is decomposed, it produces methane gas which possibly generates greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It is shown that food waste significantly contributes to climate change where 8% of the total emission comes from the carbon footprint of the food waste. Therefore, food waste management is crucial to reach environmental sustainability as food waste does not solely impact national or global food security. This issue is also considered critical among the government, business, non-governmental organizations, academics, and the general public (Schanez, Dobernig, Gozet, 2018).

Thus, a transformative approach by raising awareness and initiating sustainable steps is needed to promote an innovative solution to diminish food loss and food waste which can contribute to the achievement of one of the goals within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Responsible Consumption and Production.
Therefore, in July 2021, UNPAR is hosting the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship with the theme “Food Loss and Food Waste” which include lectures and workshops on the following topics: The Making of Eco-Enzyme, Urban Farming dan Biodigester, Design Thinking, Content Creator, Public Speaking, Make Your Own Learning Space Comfortable, and other topics related to Food Loss and Food Wood Waste.

It is expected that ISC 2021 will prepare the younger generation, the successor of the civilization, to join hands together regardless of race, religion or ethnic background in overcoming the challenges of the future as true global citizens.

Name of the Event


Scope of the Event

ISC 2021 will be hosted by UNPAR and followed by university students from UNPAR as well as international students from various corner of the world, especially those studied in the Universities member the International Network of Universities (INU). The committee expects that around 100 students, which consist of 50 Indonesian students and 50 international students, will be participated in the event. The participants will hear series of lectures in the topic of Industrial Revolution 4.0, its impacts towards the people, communities, Nations and global communities as a whole, as well as way for taking advantage the opportunity its bring as well as in overcoming its negative outset. The participants are expected to actively involved in the discussion by expressing their opinions over the issue. The participants will also be expected, in groups, to prepare a final project that may trigger their curiosity over the issue. ISC 2021 will be supported by Professors, both international and local students, expert in the issues, international organizations, Government officials and related NGOs.

Objectives of the Event

The objectives of this event are:

  1. To raise the awareness of the participants as well as to provide a forum for increasing knowledge and sharing experience and to broaden students’ perspectives for the issue Food Loss and Food Waste
  2. To enhance the soft skills of the participants as well as exposing them to the diverse cultural backgrounds of participants to encourage dialogues and build tolerance among participants.
  3. To promote Indonesia’s culture and tourism.
  4. To provide a platform for the internationalization program for UNPAR’s students and faculty members, to broaden their perspective regarding global issues around the world
  5. To promote UNPAR as a leading private University in Indonesia for a student exchange program.

The program will be divided into 7 components :

A. Key Lectures :

  • Big Data & Internet of Things
  • Ethics and Social Problems from the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

B. Workshops :

  • Security and Legal Framework.
  • Employment, Competence and Educational Transformation

C. Site Visits :

  • Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Jakarta)
  • Digital Security Authority (TBD) (Jakarta)
  • Digital Start-Up Company (Jakarta)

D. Cultural Site Visit :

  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

E. Cultural Activities :

  • Playing traditional games
  • Learning to play Angklung Traditional Musical Instruments

F. Experiential Learning :

  • Team work problem solving activity in a game

G. Final Project :

  • Designing a project related to the theme and drafting a Project Proposal


Bandung – Jakarta, Indonesia


21 July – 12 August 2021

SCHEDULE (To be confirmed)


The conference is offered to Unpar students and any international student who has strong motivation to improve his/her knowledge related to the theme. It is basically for both undergraduate and post graduate students from any major of studies. To participate in this program, candidates must submit online application for further selection process.


For International Participants:

  1. Undergraduate/Bachelor and Post Graduate degree students
  2. Open for all study background

For Local Participants:

  1. Minimum GPA 2.75
  2. Open for all study background


Registration fee is USD250. It is basically a commitment fee for the participants and only construed a small portion of the eventual cost. UNPAR is providing subsidy to covers the balance of the cost by finding sponsorship from other institutions. The method of the payment will be informed at the Letter of Admission, only for the admitted person.

  • Fee Waiver will be given for two students from each University which sends their lecturer(s) to participate and support the event on their own expenses


After an international participant is confirmed to participate in the ISC 2021, the participant may expect to receive the following:

  • Pickup and drop off service from Jakarta or Bandung airport
  • Twin sharing accommodation
  • Entry ticket to the related cultural activities
  • Inland transportation related to program
  • Daily breakfast (included in the accommodation).
  • Lunch for most activities
  • Welcome and closing dinner reception


For International Participants : 1 April –  30 June 2021

For Local Participant : 1 April –  30 June 2021

Contact Person :


Vira: +62 823 6095 7787
Seva: +1 307 871 7577